How To Create A Reverse Smoky Eye

posted on: 3.04.2015

How To Create a Reverse Smoky Eye, smoky eye for hooded eyes
If you have hooded eyes or an eye shape where you don't see much of your lid with your eyes open, then I have the perfect makeup look for you. The reverse smoky eye focuses on your lower lashline as opposed to the upper lashline, so you don't really need any visible lid space for this look. But first, an anecdote from my childhood!

When I was in middle school, I was dying to wear makeup. At that point, all of my friends were wearing makeup of some sort, and one of my best friends at the time was wearing the highly coveted eyeliner. I begged and begged my mom to let me wear eyeliner, and she FINALLY caved. But under one condition: lower eyeliner only, and not the whole lower lashline. Only halfway. Considering the fact that I couldn't wear any other makeup, this was not a good look.

The point of me telling you that lil' memory from my childhood is that the reverse smoky eye is like the grown up, sophisticated version of the makeup my mom allowed me to wear in middle school. It's a fun and super simple look, so I didn't even do a step-by-step tutorial because it is that easy. Read on for the tutorial!

How To Create a Reverse Smoky Eye, smoky eye for hooded eyes
First, take a black pencil eyeliner and line your waterline and smudge onto your lower lashline. Now that the base is set, I used only the Naked Basics 2 Palette for the rest of the makeup look. Taking a small pencil brush, I smudged "Undone" over the pencil eyeliner on the lower lashline, and mixed some "Primal" in there as well to blend it out smoothly. On the lid, I took a combination of "Frisk" and "Cover" and blended it into the crease. Then, taking a mixture of "Primal" and "Undone", I blended these colors into the outer corners of the eye and into the crease, and using "Stark" to blend well into the crease. Then I used "Skimp" on the inner corners and under the brow.

And that is it! Just finish off with mascara, some light blush, and the lip color of your choice. I used Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Mocha to give me more of a 90s vibe.

So, how do you guys feel about the reverse smoky eye? Can you see yourself rocking it? Sound off in the comments!

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LUST LIST // No. 9

posted on: 3.02.2015

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I've been a little obsessed with the idea of undereye treatment masks and sheet masks lately, and I have no reason for this obsession aside from the fact that I kind of enjoy scaring my family when I walk out of the bathroom looking like a fancy Hannibal Lecter. I've also been really into sculpted cheeks lately (both on myself and on my clients), but I'm not talking Kim Kardashian-level cheeks. Something more subdued, but still gives that chiseled effect that all of us round-faced gals look for. And then a hair product that promises prettier hair overnight thrown in for good measure. Because why not?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 51

posted on: 3.01.2015

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Happy Sunday! It's been rather gloomy and overcast the past few days here in Florida, but I guess it beats all the snow you Northerner's are getting, eh? Yesterday I met up with my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida girlies and learned more about makeup brand OFRA. Have you heard of them? I'm very impressed by the quality of their products. You'll be hearing more about them on here for sure! In the meantime, here's some of the links that I've been reading this week.

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  •  I'm shopping for a new everyday handbag, and I just can't get over this gorgeous bucket bag. (Madewell)
  • Where are my Parks and Rec fans out? This past week marked the series finale, and I've been depressed ever since. This Parks and Rec manicure, however, makes me a little bit less depressed. (The Dalai Lama's Nails)
  • I am LOVING this gift bag idea. Totally doing this next time I have my girls over. (Oh Happy Day)
  • This pom pom wall hanging is so pretty! (A Beautiful Mess)
  • Here are four ways to wear the metallic beauty trend. (Slashed Beauty)
  • So glad to see more coverage on non-toxic beauty! (Into the Gloss)

// Jamming Out //

I've been listening to Odessa a lot lately, and I'm just totally in love with her voice and her style of music. Here's a song that's on constant repeat in my car: Hummed Low.

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Choose Friendly With Hello Toothpaste

posted on: 2.26.2015

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Toothpaste isn't something that I make a conscious decision about when I run out and need to buy some more. However, in an effort to be more naturally friendly in all aspects of my life, I've just started looking into getting "safer" toothpastes. The ones I've tried have been... quite unpleasant, to be honest. I was almost ready to give up on the search for a naturally friendly toothpaste, but then hello toothpaste came into the picture. And it was love at first sight.

Before I start raving about my love of hello, I gotta say that I'm a huge fan of their slogan: choose friendly. It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives that sometimes we don't realize the effect we have on other people. All it takes is one tiiiiiny good deed to brighten someone else's day up. hello is on a mission to make the world a friendlier place, and ya know what? I'm totally with them on that.

Both yesterday and today, I decided to "pay it forward" at my local coffee shop. Doing such a small thing like paying for someone else's coffee didn't seem like much, but not only did it cheer up the person behind me, but I felt pretty great myself! While it probably isn't practical to do this friendly initiative on a daily basis, this is definitely something I'm going to do every couple of weeks. So thanks to hello, not only did their toothpaste brighten my smile, but their mission to make the world a friendlier place has brightened my day!

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Ready for the nitty gritty on hello? Clinically proven to strengthen enamel and protect against cavities, these awesomely delicious pastes polish teeth and freshen breath in flavors like supermint, mojito mint, pink grapefruit mint, and their newest -- peach mango mint. Formulated without artificial sweeteners, dyes, or preservatives (not to mention things like triclosan or polyethylene microbeads – look ‘em up!), hello products are never tested on animals and made in the USA.

Got kids? Not a problem! hello is also introducing a kid’s line, featuring the same great formulas but in mint-free flavors kids will love, like Bubble Gum, Green Apple, and Blue Raspberry. Leaving out the mint means kids will brush longer, for healthy, sparkling smiles!

You can find hello’s line of new toothpastes at various retailers across the USA, with their new Peach Mango Mint and kid’s lines found exclusively at select Target stores.  Besides the fact that they're delicious, my other favorite thing about hello is how well-designed their packaging is. I won't be hiding this under my bathroom sink!

Have you ever tried anything from hello? Make sure you check out their products at Target!

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Sienna Miller Oscars 2015 Makeup Tutorial

posted on: 2.25.2015

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One of my favorite makeup looks from the Oscars this past Sunday was worn by Sienna Miller. Did you see how gorgeous she looked? She had the amazing Charlotte Tilbury do her makeup, and Charlotte used her line of cosmetics for Sienna's look. Since I do not own anything by Charlotte Tilbury, I made do with what I had, which means you can do the same thing! This is a really pretty look and is a mixture of a chocolate smoky eye and a dramatic cateye, and is actually pretty easy to do. Read on for the tutorial!
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  1. Take a black eye pencil and trace out the shape of your winged eyeliner. For this look, Sienna's eyeliner is pretty dramatic, so I made the eyeliner thick and dramatic. Don't worry about neatness. 
  2. Smudge the eyeliner out with a fluffy pencil brush.
  3. Using the same fluffy pencil brush, I took a metallic taupe eyeshadow to continue blending out the eyeliner and bringing it into the crease. 
  4. Take a big, fluffy brush, and with a matte light brown eyeshadow, blend the crease out. 
  5. Take a bronze eyeshadow and blend it all over the lid and into the crease to warm up and darken the eye color.
  6. Taking a dark brown eyeshadow and a fluffy pencil brush, outline the shape of your eyeliner.
  7. Taking a black gel eyeliner, define your eyeliner further.
  8. Taking the bronze eyeshadow from earlier, smudge it under the lower lashline.
  9. Apply mascara. You can add false lashes at this point if you wanted as well!
  10. Sienna's cheeks are super sculpted, so I made sure to contour my face. Use a matte brown bronzer that isn't too orange, I contoured my faced.
  11. Next, I used a peachy pink blush on the apples of my cheeks and blended back.
  12. Next I highlighted the tops of my cheekbones with a cream highlighter. If you have oily skin, you may choose to skip this step.
  13. Line your lips with a nude lip pencil.
  14. Taking a rose nude lipstick, apply on the lips. And that's it!
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This isn't as labor intensive as it may seem, I promise! I finished this look in about half an hour. Not too bad at all!

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Who had your favorite beauty look from the Oscars?

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